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This Week’s Food News

Government food policy ‘inadequate’
A report has concluded that the government needs to put in place tighter measures to define and tackle food poverty. Despite the consistently rising cost of food and static wages, our government currently has no strategy for addressing these challenges, which are every bit as pressing as climate change.

A pill to make food less tempting?
We know that if something smells good we’re more inclined to want to eat it, Subway of course being the exception that proves the rule. Scientists in America have now come up with a pill that hinders sense of smell, meaning fattening goodies like chips and popcorn lose their allure.

Junk food and celebs
The latest edition of the Lonely Planet has described Britain as a country of celebrity-obsessed junk food troughers. Any indignation is largely unjustified. We eat more ready meals and junk food than the rest of Europe put together, and this is a country that has allowed Katie Price to publish four – FOUR! – autobiographies. Shame on us.


Other food news this week:
* Diet Coke knocks Pepsi to third place in soft drink stakes.
* Insects to be a major part of diet in 2020.
* Daily Express runs deeply misleading headline about a salt ban in chip shops.
* Satsumas, kumquats and Jerusalem artichokes trend as health foods
* …and a woman eats sofas. Really.


Piece to fill in a bit of space before the video:
* Top 10 picnic spots in Britain.


A funny picture…

Aaaaand video:
April Fool – who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

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This week’s food news | 30th July 2010

Fast food chains drop calorie-counting scheme
Efforts to get fast food chains to display calorie counts were scuppered this week – reports the Independent – as restaurants like Burger King and KFC failed to commit to the scheme. As obesity – sorry, fatness – skyrockets, it seems sensible to remind diners that some Pizza Hut pizzas weigh in at a gut-splitting 2,656 calories. Continue reading


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This week’s food news | 2nd July 2010

Jamie’s school dinners project was a failure, says Lansley
The big story this week was Andrew Lansley’s slamming of Jamie Oliver’s approach to healthy eating. The health secretary said that the public needed to take some responsibility in the matter. It seemed a random and unfounded attack, “for the sake of a headline”, as Oliver put it. It appeared that most were behind Jamie on this one, with the Telegraph, the Mail, and twitterers, jumping to his defence.

Lunchbox guidelines ‘bossy’ say parents
Along similar lines, it seems there is a delicate balance between guidance and dictatorship when it comes to lunchboxes. A report by Ofsted suggests that parents are fed up of being told what they can and can’t put in their children’s lunchboxes. Instead they’d rather have advice on how to prepare healthier packed lunches. Read the BBC report here.

Dave cooked Nick supper to seal the deal
With Tony and Gordon it was the long night of the fish knives (eek, paywall), when Tony Blair ‘shafted’ Gordon Brown over dinner in an Islington restaurant (lovely image, eh?). With our new, touchy-feely, big society government it was a home-cooked supper. Speaking in a Real Radio Yorkshire interview David Cameron revealed that he cooked Nick Clegg ‘ham, baked potatoes and salad’ as they worked out the coalition. Quite sweet really.


Other food news this week
* Londoners are the UK’s healthiest eaters, reports the Grocer.
* EU plans to overhaul egg-selling laws are scrapped.
* Tate & Lyle takeover prompts lots of ‘sweet dealheadlines.
* Gordon Ramsay shuts Chiswick pub the Devonshire.
* Junk food kills 40,000 people a year. Read more.


Food for thought
David Mitchell’s entertainingly written, if self-consciously blinkered views on food. Video below is similarly contrary.


Recipe of the week
Spot on summer recipe from Chocolate Shavings – Pitta sandwiches with flank steak. Quick and fulfilling.


Video of the week

David Mitchell’s views on food continued…

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This Week’s Food News | 2nd April 2010

Junk food compared with Class A drug

That could be a needle of drugs in his pudgy hand

Research recently carried out in Florida suggests that junk food may be addictive in the same way as heroin or cocaine. The three-year study analysed the brain activity in rats eating high-calorie foods such as burgers and cheesecake, and found similar results to those seen in humans with a drug addiction. Read more here. [South Park, with the unerring accuracy of a Rolex, portrayed Cartman snorting a line of KFC in what is possibly the funniest SP episode I’ve ever seen. Watch it here.]

“This is not an amusement park,” declares Sergeant-Major

Troops in Afghanistan have been banned from eating junk food. Branches of Pizza Hut, Subway and Burger King have been forced to close in Helmand by General Stanley McChrystal, a workaholic known as the ‘warrior monk’. For an interesting insight into the eating habits of various nations’ armies click here.

Forget granola – full English is the healthiest way to start the day

A healthy start?

It seemed like a lame attempt at an April fool, but it looks like scientists are genuinely suggesting that a fried breakfast is a healthy option. The study appears to show that breakfast programs the metabolism, and thus a fatty breakfast helps the body maximise energy usage. Convinced?

Other food news this week:

* Spanish wine industry in serious trouble. Click here to read more.

* Hospitals urged to chastise those with drink-related injuries. Click here for more.

* Lincolnshire lays claim to having the world’s hottest chilli. Read about it here.

* More junk food mania as Domino’s boom continues. Read more here and last year’s post on the subject here.


Blog post of the week

* Fiona Beckett writes a highly pertinent and evenhanded comparison of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Gordon Ramsay’s newly reopened Petrus. Read it here.

Recipe of the week

Lamb is undoubtedly the Easter meat, and quite frankly I wish it was the Christmas meat too. Here’s a cracking recipe for roast lamb.

Puke of the week

I made the mistake of trying Dandelion and Burdock for the first time. It will also be the last.

And finally – the greatest episode of Come Dine With Me in the history of Christianity:

Click here to watch it in all its fist-chewingly awful splendour.


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